Saturday, 27 August 2011

Call for Speakers: Finding Your Great War Ancestors

The following is announcement from the Toronto Branch of OGS regarding an event on March 31, 2012. 

The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library will be co-hosting a one-day workshop on Finding Your Great War Ancestors.

You are invited to submit proposals for lectures on any topic relating to the workshop theme. Workshop attendees will be most interested in lectures emphasizing sources and research techniques that might prove useful in their own research. Most attendees will be interested primarily in the British or Canadian armed forces.

Except for case studies discussed below, each session will be one hour long, including five or ten minutes for questions. Presentations should be illustrated—we can provide a computer and computer projector. Speakers will also be expected to provide a handout of supporting material (up to four pages) which we will photocopy for all registrants.

In addition we are also seeking shorter presentations of case studies. Each case study session will be 20 minutes long. Speakers will be expected to provide a page or two of supporting material.

Full-lecture speakers will be paid an honorarium of $100 per lecture, plus reasonable travel expenses for those coming from a distance or a flat $25 for the incidental expenses of local speakers. The honorarium will be higher for a topic selected for a plenary session. Those presenting case studies will receive $35. All speakers will receive complimentary registration for the full workshop.

Please submit your lecture proposals by e-mail. Please keep proposals brief and informal at this point. (We may ask for more details later.) Be sure to include your mailing address, phone number and a brief bio.


For more information about the Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch, please see:

To submit proposals or to ask a question about the event, please contact the workshop coordinator, Paul Jones, at

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